Nasal Airway Surgery (cont.)

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When to call the doctor after septoplasty or turbinectomy

Patients should notify the doctor if they have:

  1. A sudden increase in the amount of bleeding from the nose unrelieved by pressure, ice, and head elevation.
  2. A fever greater than 101.5 F (38.6 C) that persists despite increasing the amount of fluid and acetaminophen (Tylenol). A person with a fever should try to drink approximately one cup of fluid each waking hour.
  3. Persistent sharp pain or headache which is not relieved by the pain medication prescribed.
  4. Increased swelling or redness of the nose or eyes.

Most surgeons want to know about complications or problems that develop with their patients; do not be hesitant to call the surgeon to inform them and ask questions about any problems he or she is experiencing.

REFERENCES:

Ketcham AS, Han JK. Complications and management of septoplasty. OtolaryngolClin North Am. 2010 Aug;43(4):897-904.

MedscapeReference.com. Septoplasty.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/11/2012

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